ICE Nominated 2019 RONÉ Award Finalist!

2019 RONÉ Award Finalist for cover art in the Mystery/Suspense/Thriller Category

ICE by Lauren Carr (A Chris Matheson Cold Case Mystery) has been nominated as a 2019 RONÉ Award Finalist for Cover Art in the Mystery/Thriller/Suspense category. I am very honored for the nomination and winners will be announced soon.

Each year InD’tale Magazine honors the very best books in the Indie and Small publishing industry by awarding the prestigious RONE award.  To achieve this award, a book  must go through the most comprehensive process in the industry today, with three distinct areas of focus. (

  1. All books in each given year (January 1st – December 31st) must have been read and reviewed by our professional staff of reviewers and be given a four star rating or higher to qualify as a nominee.
  2. All nominees, with the exception of 5 star rated books which will automatically become finalists, must then be voted on by the reading public.  The books with the highest number of public votes will progress on to become finalists.
  3. The finalists will then be read by a group of industry professionals consisting of editors, writers, professors etc. and be judged on a one to five scale from a specific list of requirements such as characterization, overall arc, editing etc.   Those scores will then be tallied by a professional company unrelated to InD’tale or its employees to determine the winner of the coveted RONE award, along with the honorable mentions.

All awards are announced at the annual RONE award gala event and ceremony and given the beautiful Crystal RONE award. This is a formal but extremely fun and entertaining night for all, one that truly honors all Indie and Small published authors, readers and professionals!’

Open Season for Murder – June 1, 2015

Open Season for Murder by Lauren Carr. Here is the latest installment of the Mac Faraday Mystery series. There’s such a nice balance between sensual, mysterious, bright, intriguing and delight in this cover design. Lauren Carr continues to shine as one of the great mystery authors of our time and it’s truly a blessing to be a part of her books.

The image of this main image was altered/cleaned up some so it would pop off paper, then adding the transparent/ghostly image of the woman tied the cover together nicely to draw that mysterious theme of the novel.

To purchase the book, click here. To purchase the entire Mac Faraday series, click here.

Open Season for Murder by Lauren Carr

Open Season for Murder by Lauren Carr

Three Days to Forever – January 19, 2015

Three Days To Forever by Lauren Carr. A recent addition to the Mac Faraday Series. Each book cover created is such a blessing to do and the great feedback both the author and myself is very exciting to receive. On this cover idea, the main image of the book comes from a cache of images I have on file. The moon and clouds were added to help bring the cover together. The text elements are brought over into each Mac Faraday book, tying the series nicely together. If you wish to purchase this book, click here. To purchase the entire Mac Faraday Series, click here.

Three Days to Forever by Lauren Carr.

Three Days to Forever by Lauren Carr.

A Wedding and a Killing – September 13, 2014

A Wedding and a Killing by Lauren Carr

A Wedding and a Killing

A Wedding and a Killing has me return the amazing (best-selling) Mac Faraday series by Lauren Carr. Sharing a little process behind the scenes here but when time is spent on coming up with ideas, certain things come to mind right away with the given information provided. Then, something magical happens as you start to dig in and create off the initial ideas, then evolve into something else and usually very unexpected with the final result that blows every other idea out of the water and those are the moments I cherish a lot when creating something from very little. A keyword here, a setting there opens up doors you never thought you would go down. Enjoy the book and remember to see the full cover image, click the image.

Dead On Ice – Updated Cover, August 22, 2014

Dead On Ice - Updated cover

Dead On Ice – Updated cover

The original Dead On Ice cover started a new series with a new look and spark of new creative energy in coming up with a look that will really stand out as the series began to take off. As the second book in the Lovers In Crime series became available (Real Murder), the first book cover did not have quite the look now the author wanted to have. So, with the inspired look of Real Murder on the shelves, it was time to update and match Dead On Ice with a visually connected updated look. Enjoy the new cover art and buy yourself the book once again if you purchased the first edition of Dead On Ice. The originals are now collectible! 🙂 To see the full cover, click the image.

Real Murder (May 30, 2014)

Real Murder by Lauren Carr

Real Murder

Read Murder was the second book in the Lovers In Crime series by Lauren Carr. This book changed the look of the series once completed. The feedback about this cover from fans of the author fell in love with the look and so the author asked me before the release of this book that I redo the first book in the series, Dead On Ice. So, a new cover will be coming very soon! To see the full cover, click the image.

Twelve to Murder (February 6, 2014)

Twelve To Murder by Lauren Carr

Twelve To Murder

Twelve To Murder, part of the Mac Faraday series, captures a very special place in my heart. Another masterpiece of literary genius by author Lauren Carr made this cover a no brainer for ideas. The watch on the cover image was passed onto me after my Grandfather’s passing. Personal items around the house have made it into some of my covers at work before as well which makes each of those covers a bit sweeter to share with the world. Enjoy. For the full cover, click the image.

The Lady Who Cried Murder (January 2, 2014)

The Lady Who Cried Murder by Lauren Carr

The Lady Who Cried Murder

The Lady Who Cried Murder by Lauren Carr was another fantastic book in the Mac Faraday series. The creation of the cover was a bit tricky as some images just didn’t seem to work quite well enough to capture the essence of the book. Once I came across the main character for the cover, I blended a few other ideas to make this particular cover come to life and it really stood out as the winner. To see the full cover, click the image.

Into the Crossfire (October 8, 2013)

Into The Crossfire by Cindy McDonald

Into The Crossfire

Into the Crossfire was the first book in a new series entitled First Force by Cindy McDonald. The cover image photograph is by Paul Reitz of New York and the model is Stuart Reardon. I added the title construction and scope to give the cover the look needed to begin a hot new series! The biggest challenge was to remove some of the model’s tattoos (a very painstaking-pixel-by_pixel exercise). Also, at this time, I created website banners for both Cindy McDonald & Lauren Carr’s websites. Check out both to see the banners! To see the full cover, click the image.

The Murders At Astaire Castle (July 8, 2013)

The Murders At Astaire Castle by Lauren Carr

The Murders At Astaire Castle

The Murders At Astaire Castle was another installment of the Mac Faraday Series by Lauren Carr. The cover was an easy one to come up with considering the subject matter and synopsis. You cannot go wrong with a spooky old castle (which the inspiration came from Scooby-Doo) in a perspective of dramatic excess! Once I start a series, much like at work, I do my best to keep the overall look and design similar so the audience that has fallen in love with the author’s style carries over to help identify the author’s products all across the world. To see the full cover, click the image.